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Narrative:Engine cut shortly after take off from Farnborough for air display and the aircraft crashed near Fleet, Hampshire (between Dinorben Avenue and the Basingstoke canal). Pilot ejected too low at 300 ft - was killed.
Hawker Hunter F4
|Operator:||247 Sqn RAF|
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|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Fleet, Hampshire -
|Phase:|| Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)|
|Departure airport:||RAF Farnborough, Hampshire [FAB/EGUF]|
"I was 5 years old & playing in my grandmother's garden in Fleet. The Hunter came along the line of the houses maybe 100 ft over my head & hit the trees at the end. I looked up & saw its profile as it parted my hair. I remember the deafening noise & the fireball. It is possible that the pilot was aiming for the woods at the end of the lane & saw the houses at the last minute. The main impact was in what is now Dinorben Avenue. The engine carried on & hit a racing stable on the far side of the wood. There was a large crater & we were picking up pieces of it for years. Very sad. Nearly the end of me before I even started. I have an idea the pilot's name was Fletcher ? He acted heroically. I do not know the cause, the Hunter was obviously well fuelled because the smell of it lingered for years. I believe early Hunters were notorious for flame-outs ?"
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||Dr. John Smith
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